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The Spy Who Betrayed Kennedy [Camelot's Cousin: Spy Stories and Takes of Intrigue ] [Kindle Edition]

David R. Stokes
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Book Description

When a Dad tries to dig a hole in his Northern Virginia yard to bury the remains of the family pet, he chances upon something buried years before—a mysterious briefcase. Its contents include a journal with cryptic writing. The father turns to his friend—and boss—Templeton Davis, a former Rhodes scholar and popular national radio talk show host, for help figuring out what he’s found.

They soon realize that they are in possession of materials that were hidden more than 60 years earlier by a notorious deep cover agent for the Soviet Union—Kim Philby. And buried with the materials were clues to a great secret—the identity of someone else, the most effective spy in the history of Cold War espionage.

Long a mere footnote in history, the story of this man’s treachery reaches the pinnacles of power and geopolitics. It's a story that begins just before the Second World War breaks out and reaches the depths of the Cold War that followed.

The trail leads to a picturesque town in Vermont, the streets of New York City, the corridors of power in Washington, DC—but most importantly, Oxford, England, where Davis realizes that the beautiful city of spires on the Thames was once also a city of spies.

The Oxford spies may never have reached the level of public notoriety of the Cambridge spies--but clearly the story had never been completely known—or told. And investigating British spies was a very dangerous mine of detail in which to dig, a fact borne out by a couple of suspicious deaths left in the wake of Templeton Davis’s travels.

Davis discovers that at the moment when the world came closest to unparalleled disaster, secrets were being betrayed at the highest levels. He would also come to understand that what he had learned connected to a time of great sorrow for mankind. This is ultimate Kennedy assassination conspiracy story.

At a crucial moment, Templeton Davis quickly develops a bond borne of necessity with a beautiful young woman from Russia—someone with her own secrets. And when what she knows is combined with what the famous broadcaster has learned, the two unlikely heroes find themselves in grave danger, yet poised to rock the world.

Camelot's Cousin is a skillfully crafted example of both espionage fiction and historical fiction. And it will leave the reader wondering if it could have really happened.


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"In this impeccably researched spy novel, a radio personality hunts for the answer to one of the 20th century's biggest unsolved mysteries." - Kirkus Book Reviews

"Stokes has a good story and he tells it well. The narrative comes across as conversational, which is a pleasant change from the business like detachment of most omniscient story tellers."
-- Examiner.com

"This book has been the read of the year. Thanks for a truly fascinating and believable story." -- Amazon Customer Review


"A real page turner! Highly recommended for anyone into spy novels espionage and the history of the Cold War." -- Amazon Customer Review

"Couldn't wait to see what was happening on the next page. Would recommend to any lover of spy novels and adventure." -- From One of More than 200 Amazon Customer Reviews

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Check out my latest book featuring TEMPLETON DAVIS--it's called NOVEMBER SURPRISE. Available exclusively at Amazon. 

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eminently Satisfying September 22, 2012
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As one who has spent over 44 years in the teaching, and study, of American history, I come to historical fiction with a healthy cynicism. Much like movies "based on a true story", this kind of fiction is most often disappointing and so historically inaccurate I can't finish either. Camelot's Cousin breaks that paradigm. Its flawless interweaving of fact and fiction make it sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two.

The pace of this superb thriller is both breakneck and not unduly laden with detail. Ranging from the 1930s, through the 1960s, and to the present, it does so without missing a beat and, most importantly, without losing the interest of the reader. The locations authentically used in this book include, England, Washington, D. C., New York City, Stowe, Vermont, and Moscow, Russia. In each, the rich descriptions and captivating detail are genuine and filled with the kind of minutiae that make the reader believe not only that the characters are there, but make the reader want to know more.

Without giving away the components of, nor the solution to, the superb mystery revealed in these pages, the story hinges on the discovery of primary source documents from the 1950s Kim Philby scandal that have the potential to shake the foundations of what the world knows of that era and beyond. The protagonist, Templeton Davis, pursues the truth with a zeal one would wish politicians would emulate. He does so to a conclusion that is indeed shocking, satisfying and historically plausible. For this kind of thriller, it can't get any better than that.

The eminent historian, Barbara Tuchman, was once asked how to teach history. Her simple, yet oh so profound, answer was, "Tell stories." The story unfolded in this book will interest, and captivate, historians, thriller aficionados, and people who just plain love a darn good story, from beginning to end. I recommend it highly and enthusiastically.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads more like a history book. March 11, 2013
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For a thriller, I wasn't thrilled.
Not that it's poorly written, because it's not, but it reads like a history book, not a novel. I wasn't even sure how many of the characters were real people. I since learned that all were real. The story was fiction, but wrapped in fact.
How the author calls one of the people a Soviet Spy, and the person is a
historical figure, and gets away with it, I'm not sure.

One of our characters digs in his back yard and discovers a leather case
loaded with vintage spy stuff. He takes it to his boss, a talk radio personality, (who I didn't recognize) and the boss launches an investigation into the "stuff". People who talk to him start dying, and they know they've stumbled on something big.
Who is code name "Bunny"? Maybe he's got the ear of the president.

Slow like a history book, interesting like fiction. Names you'll recognize.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a thriller but nonetheless interesting April 29, 2013
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I was disappointed in the pace of the book.I found it to be tedious at times. I also did not feel that the dialogue was natural. It felt a bit stilted. The premise was very interesting. It is a search to find the identity of a Soviet spy in the highest levels of Britain/American diplomatic circles during the Kennedy administration.I did enjoy the historical nature of the fiction, and the author makes an interesting case for his theory. Some of the theories are shocking and that makes the book interesting.Unfortunately the ending is tied in a two page big rose colored bow much too quickly to be satisfying.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating From Beginning To End July 21, 2013
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It's been a while since I picked up a spy thriller book. After beginning this book, I couldn't seem to put it down throughout the day. The way the author weaves fact with fiction had me searching the Internet constantly. I absolutely love this book. Definitely worth your time. Well done!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrills petered out April 9, 2013
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Good story with implausible characters!! The Kennedy's were well researched and the entire plot was intriguing until the end. The ending was weak IMO
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It could have happened this way! July 30, 2013
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Best spy story I've read in a long time. Enough here to make you stop and think. Characters were great, neat twists, enough suspense to make you keep reading. The Kennedy connection was a nice touch. Sad how so many of the Britsh aristocracy sold their souls and country for their misguided ideals....a dark time indeed for Britain. Made my sister download the book this afternoon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cliffhanger!! July 30, 2013
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From the beginning an engaging tale of spies and intrigue in the U.S., Russia, and England beginning in the 1930's up to the present time. The main character, Templeton Davis, is a radio talk show host who takes hold of the story like a pit bull and doesn't let go.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This a great read! July 30, 2013
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This is a well-crafted, thoroughly-researched historical thriller that will please fans of Dan Brown, Steve Berry and James Rollins. It leaves the reader wondering, "Was that really fiction? Might it not be true?"

A very pleasing read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone can be a spy!
This book is called "historical fiction" and I would definitely agree! Although there are times when the line between history and fiction gets really blurry, there is no... Read more
Published 5 days ago by sunnyreader
5.0 out of 5 stars A most fascinating book. I could hardly put it ...
A most fascinating book. I could hardly put it down. It weaves all the news events together in a logical manner. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Phyllis Ulmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth or Fiction?
This is one of the best spy stories I have read. I could not put it down. What fascinated me was the history that he wove into the story. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner Mystery from the Kennedy years
A historical novel that is a nearly credible scenario of intrigue during the '50's and '60's cold war years.
Published 18 days ago by MiniPilot
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading this novel
Loved reading this novel. It featured real historical figures but laced with some real and some fictional spies and espionage that happened before and during JFK's presidency. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Wendy Cappone
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. It is hard to believe it is ...
I loved it. It is hard to believe it is not real.
Published 21 days ago by Brenda Isaacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Fans of Spy-Fi and History Buffs alike!
I got this book as a free download for my Kindle. Sometimes, as the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for", and the books lack something to be desired. Read more
Published 22 days ago by PLG
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the twist to the characters
I'm old enough to remember the events in this story. Enjoyed the twist to the characters. Loved the book and would recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by loretta vanderbeck
4.0 out of 5 stars reads like it's possibly true...
Throughly enjoyed this read after a slow start. Covers some important history that a lot of American sympathizers to the great soviet cause just wish we would all forget. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kicking'n'screaming
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Well written. This is a book that you can not put down. From the beginning it is a story wrapped around world events which those of us 'of a certain age' will remember. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michele Peetz
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